Chief of Staff Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease wins national award!

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February 19, 2021

Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease Receives National Leadership Award

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Today, Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, the District's Chief of Staff, was honored with a 2021 Women in School Leadership Award. Sponsored by Horace Mann and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, these awards "pay tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools," according to a news release. Dr. Kilcrease, who was also a finalist for the 2019 award, was honored in the Central Office/Principal category.

"I'm very excited that Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease was picked for this award by AASA. She's an amazing administrator, and this demonstrates the contributions she has made not only to the Bibb County School District and the state of Georgia, but also at the national level. Congratulations, Tanzy," Bibb County School District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said.

Dr. Kilcrease is a dedicated and passionate educator who previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Her love for children inspires her work in education. In fact, she left the field of journalism in order to return to school and realize her true calling in education.

“We need to see more and more bold initiatives take place in public education and one of them is recognizing the exceptional leadership from women who are making a positive difference in the lives of our children,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The Women in School Leadership Awards continue to serve as an example of a longstanding tradition at AASA. A way to foster academic success is to increase more pathways for women educators—so they can become critical change agents in our school districts and our communities. We are grateful to Horace Mann for supporting this program.”

Under Dr. Kilcrease's leadership as Assistant Superintendent, her team has established expectations for curriculum, instruction, and assessment to provide consistency in practice across the district. She has developed professional learning on Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) and "Get Better Faster" that has been presented throughout the state of Georgia and at several national conferences. A District Literacy Leadership Team, which encompasses community members, has been established to monitor the District's Literacy Plan. She led the district to become one of the 38 recipients of the L4GA Grant affording the Westside zone with over $1.6 million dollars for improvement in literacy. The BSCD team received the College Board Linking Award for the concerted effort of providing Bibb County students with SAT preparation and SAT Day. The district's work with elementary schedules was also featured in the District Management Journal, a national magazine, in an article titled "Raising Achievement and Addressing Equity at Bibb County Schools". In March 2019, she presented on the District's Literacy Plan at the ASCD National Conference. Since 2015, the percentage of third grade students reading on or above grade level increased by 37.3 percentage points, and the percentage of 5th grade students reading on or above grade level increased 22.7 percentage points. She credits this achievement to the hard work of the BCSD Teaching and Learning Department, teachers, administrators, and the community partnerships that have been established under her tenure.

Dr. Kilcrease is an educator with more than 25 years of experience. She began her career as a middle school teacher then moved into leadership positions, becoming an assistant principal and serving as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She served as the Director of School Improvement in Peach County then returned to the Bibb County School District in 2011 as an Associate Superintendent. As a principal, her work was published in two books, one titled Are We There Yet: Continuing to Close the Achievement Gap and Creating School Cultures that Embrace Learning: What Successful Leaders Do. Two schools she served became Title I Distinguished Schools, and the high school was recognized in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators’ magazine, PAGE One, for having a 46% change in graduation rate since 2011. She also was the recipient of the Education Celebrity Award for the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) for the significant increase in reading and math scores.

She was the 2012 recipient of the Deana Burgess Award from Georgia College and State University for mentoring aspiring leaders which is another one of her passions. In 2019 she was named as one of the two national finalists for the AASA School Superintendents Association Women in School Leadership Award. She is a graduate of the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) Superintendent Professional Development Program (SPDP) and an inaugural graduate of AASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy for Female Leaders. She is also a graduate of the NESLI Women’s Advanced Leadership Program.

Dr. Kilcrease currently serves on the Board of Directors for GSSA and GACIS (Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors). She also serves on the RTM K-12 National Advisory Board. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Principal Center at Georgia State University. She is a current member of AASA, GACIS, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL), SSTAGE (Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

She is a firm believer in community service. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Macon and the Griffith Family Foundation. For the past two years, she has raised enough funds to be named the “Top Server” for the Appetites for Advocacy event sponsored by the Macon Crisis Line & Safe House. She also serves on the Regional Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

She is the proud wife of Antwon Kilcrease, a supervisor for Progressive Insurance Co. She is also the proud mother of three Bibb County School District graduates and two grandchildren.

Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, Women in School Leadership Award Winner

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